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    OK sooooo pretty much all my teenage years (well from like 14) I have had very dramatic mood shifts. I go from being super depressed sometimes to the extent that I cannot get out of bed for weeks, to feeling like I do now which is very high, fast paced, energetic, impulsive etc. I do also feel relatively normal in between sometimes. I think this fits the criteria for bipolar, but I have been with mental health services for yearrsss and havven't got a diagnosis.
    I have had a pretty bad time with the NHS because theyy basically just said it was "normal teenage mood swings" but I knowww that isn't the case because I mean I see other teenagers and they're all in control and calm and stuff. I do have anxiety and they always just focus on that.
    so what do I do? go private? Or is it not bipolar and they;re right? halp pls.
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    Going private may not always mean you'll get a diagnosis.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    OK sooooo pretty much all my teenage years (well from like 14) I have had very dramatic mood shifts. I go from being super depressed sometimes to the extent that I cannot get out of bed for weeks, to feeling like I do now which is very high, fast paced, energetic, impulsive etc. I do also feel relatively normal in between sometimes. I think this fits the criteria for bipolar, but I have been with mental health services for yearrsss and havven't got a diagnosis.
    I have had a pretty bad time with the NHS because theyy basically just said it was "normal teenage mood swings" but I knowww that isn't the case because I mean I see other teenagers and they're all in control and calm and stuff. I do have anxiety and they always just focus on that.
    so what do I do? go private? Or is it not bipolar and they;re right? halp pls.
    Why do you want a diagnosis so badly? It probably won't change they way they are treating you. Clearly, it looks like they don't think your symptoms are enough to qualify for a diagnosis which doesn't mean they don't acknowledge them. Or if you are underage, they're unlikely to diagnose you with bipolar unless it's very severe.
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    You do actually have the right to a second opinion on the NHS, so you could try that before going private. Private is pretty expensive.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    OK sooooo pretty much all my teenage years (well from like 14) I have had very dramatic mood shifts. I go from being super depressed sometimes to the extent that I cannot get out of bed for weeks, to feeling like I do now which is very high, fast paced, energetic, impulsive etc. I do also feel relatively normal in between sometimes. I think this fits the criteria for bipolar, but I have been with mental health services for yearrsss and havven't got a diagnosis.
    I have had a pretty bad time with the NHS because theyy basically just said it was "normal teenage mood swings" but I knowww that isn't the case because I mean I see other teenagers and they're all in control and calm and stuff. I do have anxiety and they always just focus on that.
    so what do I do? go private? Or is it not bipolar and they;re right? halp pls.
    I understand the want for a diagnosis, but it probably won't change the treatment that much if at all. If you are under 18 it is extremely unlikely they will hand out a diagnosis.

    As others have mentioned you are entitled to a second opinion which I reccommend taking if you aren't happy with your treatment.

    A final point to make is that depression can and frequently does cause mood swings, which would explain why you feel your swings are worse than that of a normal teenager. Bipolar mania is very obvious when it presents and if you were under care during it it would be obvious. Hypomania is harder to detect but still dangerous - a lot more than just feeling energetic and high.

    tl;dr:

    Ask for a second opinion and see where that goes but be prepared for nothing in your treatment to really change.
 
 
 
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